Rotary District 5370 Update
September 6, 2020

CONNECTIONS represents a commitment by the District’s Board of Governors to reduce the number of emails sent to all Rotarians and Rotaractors. We support clubs by publishing information about your upcoming events and fundraising activities. 

Please assist this effort by refraining from broadcasting emails to all Rotarians in the District. Instead, send announcements to We’ll include your information in a future issue of CONNECTIONS and will tweet (or retweet your tweets) about your event. All submissions are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Announcements will be repeated as space permits.

September's video message from District Governor Jim Ferguson

Individual Sponsors: Sharon Blaker, Donna Barrett, Edith Martin, Vicki Townson, Orville Sleen, Betty Screpnek, Mike Webb, Brenda Tyson, Nijjar Nimrit and Mary Turner

There’s still time to help offset costs of Vision 2020 by becoming a corporate, club or individual sponsor. Click here to learn more.


Members of the Rotary Club of Camrose will gather to participate in the Vision 2020 Virtual District Conference on Saturday, September 12 in this training facility of one of its members. The space is large enough to allow for proper physical distancing while watching the proceedings on wall-mounted TV screens. The new owner of a small deli will provide individually boxed lunches for the participating Rotarians.

Note: Even if you will be clustering with other Rotarians to participate in Vision 2020, please register for the conference so that the organizing committee will have an accurate count of the number of participants.


The deadline to register for the scotch-tasting seminar following the Vision 2020 Virtual District Conference is Monday, September 7. Due to provincial liquor regulations, this activity is only available to Alberta residents, aged 18+.


2020 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association’s annual Hands Across the Border Assembly, a virtual conference experience hosted by the Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise. 

Saturday, September 19

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. MDT

No-cost event, but please register.

The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is the first trans-boundary peace park in the world, envisioned by Rotarians from Canada and the USA and approved by both governments in 1932.



Call for breakout sessions — Taipei 2021

Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with your Rotary family? Breakout sessions can inspire attendees, help them polish their leadership skills, and give them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and more! 

Help us build a breakout program that celebrates Rotary’s diversity. We are seeking proposals in Chinese, English, Japanese or Korean. Submit your proposal online by Wednesday, September 30

If you have any questions, write to


Just 6 days until:

Saturday, September 12

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MDT

Register today to participate in Vision 2020 to Open Opportunities to hear outstanding speakers from around the world and visit the virtual project fair.

The latest winner of a thank-you gift for pre-registering for the District Conference is Bill Almdal (RC of Stony Plain).


E-Satellite Club for Young Professionals

Are you in contact with former Youth Exchange students (inbound or outbound) or former Rotary Grant Scholars? They could become charter members of an e-satellite club that the Rotary E-Club of Canada One is in the process of establishing for young professionals. 

As part of an e-club, members can live anywhere in the world and will only need to attend one meeting per month. Costs will be minimal and projects can be done anywhere.

Reach out to former Youth Exchange students and former Rotary Grant Scholars you know and invite them to contact PDG Elly Contreras ( to learn more. 


Supporting programs for Edmonton’s inner-city youth and seniors

Purchase tickets: 1 for $10, 4 for $20, 20 for $50, or 100 for $100. Sales end at midnight, Tuesday, September 22. 

Note: Due to provincial gaming regulations, participation is limited to Alberta residents, aged 18+.


Here is information prepared by the District’s insurance broker, Wilson M Beck Insurance Services, about planning COVID-19-friendly meetings and events.


Read the September issue of Beyond Borders, the Zones 28 & 32 newsletter from Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer. This issue includes articles on innovative clubs, RI President-nominee Jennifer Jones, the Zone Online Summit (September 23-25), growing Rotary membership, Rotaract Canada’s strategic plan, The Rotary Foundation, public image during COVID-19 and more.


The Peter Lee Classic Golf tournament in support of Inclusion Alberta (A Rotary Employment Partnership partner)

Thursday, September 24

$150 entry fee for each golfer

Hosted by Foster Park Brokers, an inclusive employer that named the tournament after a young man it hired three years ago—Peter Lee.

Click here for more information or to register.


Club Announcements Welcome – Has your club any upcoming events Rotarians from other clubs should know about? Email a brief description, including a link to a website for more information, to register or to buy tickets, to We’ll include your information in a future issue of CONNECTIONS and will tweet (or retweet your tweets) about your event. All submissions are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Announcements will be repeated as space permits. Deadline for submission for the next issue of CONNECTIONS (September 13) is 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 11.

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